(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — Succession is moving forward rather smoothly for Kim Jong Un, the son of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
The government-controlled media called for Kim Jong Un Saturday to take over the military as “supreme commander,” the New York Times reports.
“We urge Comrade Kim Jong Un to embrace the people’s call on him to become our supreme commander,” the newspaper commentary titled “Our Supreme Commander” stated, according to the Times. “We will complete the task of our songun revolution by upholding Comrade Kim Jong Un as our supreme commander, our general.”
With the North Korean media’s public call for Kim Jong Un to take over military control, it appears he is on track to become the new leader without any shared control as previously predicted by analysts.
This kind of commentary published in the newspaper Rodong Sinmum has become the custom since Kim Jong Il took power in 1994. Following the media’s appeal, the new leader accepts. It is possible, additional entreaties by other media agencies could follow in the coming weeks. The Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party will ultimately declare Kim Jong Il’s son as supreme commander, according to the Times.
Whether or not Kim Jong Un will carry on his father’s “military-first” policy is still unclear.
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